Maori eye-catcher

DAY 76 (20 JUNE) – Harakeke (Phormium tenax) (Baron’s Court, London)

Known as harakeke in Maori, this fiery New Zealand flax lined a walkway at the Queen’s Club tennis championships today. My second Kiwi plant in as many days.

Its flowers reminded me of garlic cloves gone to seed.

Apparently the black-headed jumping spider lives in its rolled up leaves. But perhaps only in New Zealand… none in evidence here.

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